Colgate’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is to ensure the health and safety of the University community with the goal of returning to its rigorous model for residential education as soon as possible.

University Status

The campus remains closed to students, faculty, and staff, with the exception of essential employees and students who have coordinated residency with the Office of Residential Life due to extraordinary circumstances.

Access to Campus

Faculty and staff: Only essential employees should be working on campus; other employees are continuing to work remotely. Any employees reporting to campus must:

Those who intend to temporarily access campus to retrieve materials or utilize resources should communicate this need to a supervisor or their division chair prior to visiting campus. Time on campus should be minimized. The faculty or staff member should wear a mask and exercise social distancing practices. Those who do not have access to a mask or other necessary PPE may contact Campus Safety regarding limited supplies that are available.

On June 27, Colgate will begin a phased return to work on campus. Learn more on the Guidance for Employees page.

Students: Students who are not registered to be in residence on campus should not come to the campus until the University announces its plans for reopening.

Fall 2020 Course Registration

Students in the Classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023 will participate in course registration remotely on June 1–3. Details about course registration will be provided by the Office of the Registrar: Course registration

Housing Selection

Many students have already selected their housing for the fall semester, and those housing placements have not changed. The remaining housing lotteries will take place in June following course registration. Housing selection lottery times will be emailed to students in the sophomore, junior, and senior classes on or around June 4. About housing selection

Summer Research

The University continues to support faculty and student research. This year the summer research program has moved to an online model, allowing nearly 70% of the typical 200 student researchers to undertake previously planned projects.

Colgate will announce whether courses will begin remotely or in person no later than June 30.

The University hopes to return to the classic Colgate model of education with students and professors coming together in a residential environment. However, this decision will depend on several factors, including recommendations from the State of New York, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Madison County Department of Health.

To prepare for all possible modes of instruction, the University has formed several internal committees and task forces that are actively engaged in ongoing planning and preparation throughout the summer.

Regardless of the mode of instruction, the semester will:

  • Begin as planned on August 27
  • Conclude on December 11, with an exam week to follow.
  • Feature an exam week, December 14–18

Avoiding COVID-19 Stigma

Viruses are not bound by race or nationality. Avoid inappropriate blame or hostility toward any specific nation or its people. Read the CDC anti-stigma guidelines for facts about this illness.